Has Burg's Grand Street Smell Mystery Been Solved?
Has the mystery of the "gas-like" smell on Grand Street in Williamsburg around Berry Street that we posted about yesterday been found? Perhaps. Yesterday, a number of people left comments on our post about the Eau de Grand. One reader wrote:
i have lived in Southside almost 10 years and I have never seen any of those trucks until the last few months. There have been repeated gas smell incidences and they seem to happen around times when there have been heavy rains. If the smell is not natural gas as the Gas Co says, then its smells like some petro product.Another wrote:
I live on Grand St. I used to call Keyspan about the smell of natural gas, they would come out and drill holes in front of my house and tell me there is no leak. No kidding. I was calling to complain about the George Pataki Power Plant at the end of Grand St., which is a jet engine that runs on natural gas. There was no smell before the power plant.The Brooklyn 11211 blog also theorized about the mystery, but dismissed the power plant theory, saying that it had produced odors, but generally on warm, windless days. A second idea was a kosher hot dog factory at Grand and Berry that is fragrant. Then, however, came this update:
Keyspan has spent the evening going up and down Grand Street poking holes in the sidewalk and street, sniffing for gas leaks. They've spent the last hour or so digging a hole in the sidewalk in front of 69 Grand (across the street from Aurora). Looks like "actual gas leak" wins (the NYPA pipeline does not run down that far south). 25 January - 22:30.Mystery perhaps solved?